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Bleeth Play Sludge Sunny-Side Up on “Blood Moon”

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It is almost too hot to think. Summer has reached the point where it is impossible to imagine anything but constant heat, sweat, stench, and the constant aggression of light streaming in through every window. The sun, life-giver that it is, is now a sneering reminder of how fragile the human body is. Turn the temperature up just a hair, and we’re reduced to puddles.

Miami’s Bleeth don’t make music about this environment, but they do make music of it. Maybe it’s their home base’s equatorial proximity, but Bleeth sound like they cook up their sludge on sizzling concrete. The edges are fried and the core melts out of every pore. You can stream their new single “Blood Moon” below, exclusively on Invisible Oranges.

Plenty of metal bands make great music for the fun side of summer, scoring cookouts and day-drinking for months on end. What makes “Blood Moon” different is that it captures the feelings that come at the tail-end of those festivities, when it becomes clear that no amount of alcohol or good company can overcome the sheer destructive power of the sun’s rays. The song’s first half is a crawl, where the slow pace leaves plenty of room for singer Lauren Palma to float off into the atmosphere. Her melody, which hovers above a steadily intensifying rhythm, wavers and glistens over the track the way air shimmers over hot concrete. When the song shifts gears in its second half, all of the out of focus anxiety gives way to sharply drawn riffwork, like a second wind just as the sun dips under the horizon.

Follow Bleeth on Facebook. Geomancer will be released on August 17th via Anti-Language.

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